Zanzibar's capital Stone Town is a great place to begin a holiday in Zanzibar. Meander around the cobbled streets, explore the old slave market or take a trip to the market to haggle for bargains. A spice tour of the island is also a must-do - they don't call Zanzibar Spice Island for no good reason! After all that sightseeing head to one of Zanzibar's beautiful beaches to sit back and relax. Paje onthe east coast is perfect for water sports, while Kendwa is a great spot for scuba diving and has a lively restaurant scene.
There are no direct flights to Zanzibar from the UK, but you can fly indirectly from most major UK airports with airlines including Emirates, KLM and Kenya Airways.
Flights from the UK land at in Zanzibar Kisauni Airport located around six kilometres southeast of Stone Town. The easiest way to get to your Zanzibar hotel is by taxi. Make sure you always agree a price before beginning your journey as most cars don't have metres. The bus is the cheapest option, though, and runs from the airport to Stone Town regularly.
The best way to get around Stone Town during you Zanzibar is by foot as this gives you the chance to explore all the hidden alleys and narrow passageways. Those venturing further can take advantage of the local dalla-dallas which are small minivans that transport locals around the island. They are cheap and offer a fantastic way of seeing the real Zanzibar.
There aren't many, but it is possible to find cheap hotels in Zanzibar if you shop around online for deals and avoid the beach-front resorts. Stone Town offers the most variety and is home to a limited amount of budget accommodation. Make sure you book in advance to secure the best price.
Avoid the tourist-orientated restaurants to ensure you don't pay over the odds for food and drink. If you're in Stone Town head down one of the many small alleyways where you're bound to find an affordable restaurant serving fresh fish and other traditional African delights. While Zanzibar is predominately a Muslim country, it is still possible to buy alcohol although prices tend to be pretty steep.
With plenty of sun, the warm waters of the Indian ocean and an abundance of fine white sand, you don't need to spend a fortune during your holiday in Zanzibar. Simply sit back and relax on the beach or take a dip in the turquoise sea!
Updated 15th May 2013
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